Bedford LIVE! Presents…
Amy Leeder & Edwin Ireland + Luke Jackson
Wednesday December 9th 2009
Christmas is most definitely in the air here at Harpurs Cellar bar. The decorations have made an appearance, tiny seasonal trees adorn every table. To enhance the festive fayre tonight’s organiser and co-performer Amy Leeder has kindly left some candy canes at each table as a little thank you from The Integrals to everyone supporting the evening. Amy has also chosen the out of town guest to entertain us.
Small in stature but blessed with such an amazing voice, it’s hard to believe that it’s not that long ago when Luke Jackson actually thought that there really was a Father Christmas! The information that is MySpace had brought Luke to the attention of Bedford LIVE! presents… His confidence is amazing, in fact Luke’s only real problem throughout his forty-five minute set is a stray dangling piece of decoration that is right in front of his eyeline for his opening song.
A long journey from his home town of Canterbury has not drained the teenager. He pens most of his material showcased tonight except for his three covers, of which the U2 song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For works well acoustically. I particularly like his almost accapella slant at its opening. Although young his poise is mature. The use of his strumming hand is both noticeable and quirky. The index finger is used to get the point across, it indicates with purpose.
As his Dad watches on proudly Luke’s own material continues to impress. Smile is uptempo slightly ‘Peñateish’ in its vocal patter. The lyrics have a rhyming symmetry. Bakers Woods is possibly my favourite. A sort of ‘rites of passage’ song. He sings of climbing trees with his two best friends knowing that in a few short years, months even, each one might or will be heading in different directions. Naturally it’s followed by Growing Up For Sure. The lyrics for this lively song are self-explanatory.
As we come to a close Luke tells us about is song Dancing Gerard. Its inspiration came from a lively gentleman who proceeded for some reason to dance manically on his own at one of Luke’s gigs. As the song tells us, it seems that “poor Gerard always ends up home alone!”
Luke Jackson is due to see us again at Harpurs in February supporting The Whybirds. If You missed him tonight get there early for his return, you will be impressed.
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